Acton Institute

Publisher info

The mission of the Acton Institute is to promote a free, virtuous, and humane society. This direction recognizes the benefits of a limited government, but also the beneficent consequences of a free market. It embraces an objective framework of moral values, but also recognizes and appreciates the subjective nature of economic value. It views justice as a duty of all to give the one his due but, more importantly, as an individual obligation to serve the common good and not just his own needs and wants. In order to promote a more profound understanding of the coming together of faith and liberty, the Institute involves members of religious, business, and academic spheres in its various seminars, publications, and academic activities. It is our hope that by demonstrating the compatibility of faith, liberty, and free economic activity, religious leaders and entrepreneurs can contribute by helping to shape a society that is secure, free, and virtuous.

Where to find Acton Institute online


Where to buy in print


Videos

Lord Acton's famous quote: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely"
The Star Trek crew recognizes the wisdom in Lord Acton's insight from 1887: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

Publisher of

Sort by:


Trial by Fury: Restoring the Common Good in Tort Litigation
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,500. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2012 by Acton Institute. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Ethics & Professional Responsibility
American tort law has become the subject of public scrutiny in the last decades. The criticism cast against it is that its current state bears economic incentives for abuse. But the tort law system engenders an even greater evil: the perversion of the human person.
Islamic Theology, Constitutionalism, and the State
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 69,620. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2012 by Acton Institute. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Islam / Theology
One of the most critical questions facing the world today is whether Islam is capable of accommodating itself to the constitutional forms of government that first arose in the West. Needless to say, opinion is sharply divided on this question.
The Good That Business Does
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,060. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2012 by Acton Institute. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Education / Adult
One of the major political challenges of the modern era has been to manage the integration of business into the life of the civil community. Similarly, Christian social thinkers have struggled to integrate business activity into their account of morality, justice, and the common good.
Inhabiting the Land
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,010. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2012 by Acton Institute. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Education / Adult
John Paul II asserts the right to migrate and this monograph presents a defense for this case. But the meaning of right employed in this defense is wholly distinct from that employed in the contemporary rights language of public policy debates. Rather, the meaning of right in Catholic natural law tradition is analogous to the right to property, and not to the right to life.
Catholicism, Ecology, and the Environment: A Bishop’s Reflection
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,970. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013 by Acton Institute. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Catholicism
Is modern environmentalism compatible with Christianity? Bishop Dominique Rey provides answers to this critical question in this theological reflection on the relationships among God, man, and nature. More than a critique of secular environmentalism’s idolatry of nature, Rey’s primary purpose is to show Catholics and other Christians how they can view the environment in a way consistent...
A Prescription for Health Care Reform
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,220. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2011 by Acton Institute. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medical insurance
Rising costs and demographic realities render the current American health care system unsustainable. The situation presents a particular challenge for Christians who recognize that access to health care is a basic requirement of a just social order. Physician Donald Condit, drawing on an impressive array of empirical research, skillfully applies the principles of Catholic social teaching to...
Doing Justice to Justice: Competing Frameworks of Interpretation in Christian Social Ethics
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,050. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2012 by Acton Institute. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Legal theory
This monograph attempts to unravel the distinct applications of social justice, economic justice, and distributive justice in modern Christian social thought.
Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,590. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012 by Acton Institute. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Ethics
Fair Trade is an enormously popular idea in Christian and secular circles alike. Who, after all, could be against fairness? Victor V. Claar, however, raises significant economic and moral questions about both the logic and economic reasoning underlying the fair trade movement.
Slitting the Sycamore
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,510. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2012 by Acton Institute. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Education / Adult
The effectiveness of Christian participation in political, economic, and social life depends upon understanding the proper relationship between the Church and the world, Christ and culture.
A Theory of Corruption
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,470. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2012 by Acton Institute. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Education / Adult
There is no greater scourge that affects the proper functioning of any economic system than corruption. Tragically, corruption is pervasive in developing nations. It is found often on the part of public officials who delay the issuance or processing of public documents unless a monetary inducement is offered.
Judaism, Markets, and Capitalism: Separating Myth from Reality
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,280. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012 by Acton Institute. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Judaism
Corinne and Robert Sauer, co-founders of the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, contend that "it is not at all true that Judaism is a set of principles that endorses income redistribution and other progressive social programs." Instead, they say, Judaism is a system of thought that more naturally aligns itself with the basic principles of economic liberalism.

Books

Theologian & Philosopher of Liberty: Essays of Evaluation & Criticism in Honor of Michael Novak
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 100,430. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Essay » Author profile
Throughout his long and rich career as a theologian and philosopher, Michael Novak has written on a formidable number of subjects. Though most well- known for his contributions to the conversation between theology and economics, Novak has also written on topics such as the ethics of nuclear deterrence, the Second Vatican Council, the welfare state, liberation theology, concepts of subjectivity...
The Social Agenda: A Collection of Magisterial Texts
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 54,010. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Catholicism
Students, teachers, and all those who seek a better knowledge of the social doctrine of the Church will find contained within this collection the central statements of the Roman Pontiffs from a range of texts, including papal encyclicals, apostolic letters, and Conciliar documents, on matters relating to politics, economics, and culture.
Religion & Liberty - Volume 20, Number 3/4
Price: Free! Words: 15,850. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion and politics
Religion & Liberty’s issue featuring an interview with ACT 3 Founder John H. Armstrong is now available. This double issue is a tribute to the 20th anniversary of Acton’s founding.
Religion & Liberty - Volume 20, Number 2
Price: Free! Words: 10,350. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion and politics
Religion & Liberty’s issue featuring an interview with Alexander Solzhenitsyn scholar Edward E. Ericson Jr. is now available online. Acton also published Solzhenitsyn & the Modern World by Ericson in 1994.

Acton Institute's tag cloud

a prescription for health care reform    acton    acton institute    alexander solzhenitsyn    american founding    american tort law    ancient world    apostolic letters    business    cardinal francois xavier nguyen van thuan    catholic    catholic social teaching    centesimus annus    champagne socialism    christ    christian    christian social thought series    christians    church    citizens    civil community    common good    conciliar documents    constitutionalism    corruption    culture    culture civilization    developing nations    developing world    dignity    donald condit    ecological issues    economic    economic incentives    economic liberalism    economic system    economics    economics of liberty    edward e ericson jr    environmentalism    fair trade    faithful presence    fraud    free market    god    good intentions    government    health care reform    health care system    human fellowship    human freedom    human person    immigration    income redistribution    injustice    islam    islamic theology    james c holland    john h armstrong    jordan j ballor    judaism    just society    justice    kevin schmiesing    lester dekoster    liberty    logic    lord acton    lukas wick    man    manuel ayau    medicine    migration    morality    morals    muslim scholars    natural law    nature    new evangelization    nuclear deterrence    organized crime    papal encyclicals    personal gain    philosopher    political    politics    pontifical council for justice and peace    poor    price gouging    private goods    profits politics    ray nothstine    religion    rev robert a sirico    right to migrate    right to property    roman pontiffs    rule of law    scott b rae    scripture    sin    social doctrine    social institutions    social justice    social life    the social agenda a collection of magisterial texts    theologian    tort litigation    virtue    whittaker chambers    world